The Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030) is a master vision and roadmap towards Qatar becoming an advanced society capable of sustainable development with the goal of providing a high standard of living for all citizens by the year 2030.
What are the objectives of this vision?
- Through defining long-term outcomes for the country, it provides a framework within which national strategies and implementation plans can be developed.
- It assists government-led strategies, policy, planning, and allocation of funds and resources towards a unified goal.
- It also provides private sector companies and, to an extent, individuals with a shared direction and purpose. Indeed, many companies and businesses make reference to QNV2030 within their mission statements.
Facing the challenges Today & Tomorrow
The National Vision addresses five major challenges facing Qatar:
- Balancing modernization and preserving tradition
- Meeting the needs of today without compromising future needs
- Managing growth
- Maintaining equilibrium between Qataris and expatriates
- Engaging in good environmental stewardship
Pillars for Achievement
The National Vision foresees development in four interconnected pillars. These are:
01 The Human Development Pillar
This pillar seeks to empower the people of Qatar so that they will be able to sustain and support their country’s growth. This requires improvements within education, health care and the workforce in general.
Becoming a knowledge-based economy
Although Qatar has benefited immensely from oil and gas resources, it is continuing its expansion into the knowledge-based economy. Understanding that education is the first criterion, Qatar is proactively expanding its education system to match and in some cases exceed the best in the world. In this regard, many of Qatar’s post-secondary education, cultural, intellectual and scientific research reforms are spearheaded by Qatar Foundation .
Building a world class healthcare system
The prosperity of any country depends on the health of its people. Qatar aims to build a comprehensive world-class healthcare system that is effective, affordable and universally available to all citizens. Ministry of Public Health , Hamad Medical Corporation and the Primary Health Care Corporation are largely responsible for implementing plans to achieve this goal.
In meeting Qatar’s future human resource requirements, the country follows a policy of Qatarization, which aims to increase the ratio of Qataris in the workforce and to enhance the calibre of nationals through providing opportunities for betterment, including academic achievement, training and support.
02 The Social Development Pillar
This pillar reflects social changes necessary to advance Qatar’s society. It impresses on the citizens of Qatar the need to be flexible enough to meet the demands of the future while preserving the institution of the family.
Key Aspects of Qatar’s Social Development Strategy include:
- Preserving Qatar’s heritage and enhancing its Arab and Islamic identity
- Providing high-quality services to meet the needs and desires of the people
- Promoting a spirit of tolerance and openness
- Building a safe and stable society
- Empowering women
Development in the global community
The Social Pillar also provides direction on Qatar’s development within the context of the global community. Internationally, Qatar takes an active role in the Gulf Cooperative Council , the Arab League , the United Nations , the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other bodies involved with security, cooperation and peace.
03 The Economic Development Pillar
Reasonable and sustained rates of economic growth will help to secure a high standard of living not only for citizens today but also for future generations. Financial and economic stability are characterized by low inflation, sound financial policy and a secure and efficient financial system.
A key element of successful and sustainable economic development is effective, long-term stewardship of Qatar’s hydrocarbon resources. This requires finding the right balance between energy exploitation and economic diversification. A vigorous oil and gas sector will continue to play a central role in Qatar’s economy, as it contributes greatly to the development of the nation.
However, QNV2030 also sets out objectives in diversification towards growth in non-energy sectors. Qatar’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy is well underway and will continue to gather pace.
Initiatives under this pillar
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Info and Qatar Foundation lead the national efforts in propelling Qatar into a technologically advanced society. The establishment of the Qatar Science and Technology Park is one of the most significant milestones.
Another initiative was the opening of the Qatar Financial Center , an institution responsible for bringing international financial institutions and multinational companies to Qatar.
04 The Environmental Development Pillar
This pillar draws attention to the importance of finding harmony between economic growth and environment protection.
Our objective of this pillar:
As global water and hydrocarbon resources diminish and the effects of pollution and environmental degradation increase, it will become more important for Qatar to work with regional neighbours and the international community to protect the environment.
Initiatives under this pillar
On a national level, the government is actively engaged in keeping industry in check through environmental assessments and legislation. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Qatar’s water and electricity provider, KAHRAMAA , regularly hold awareness campaigns to inspire the public to conserve resources and ‘think green’.